And then there were nine. Two more GOP presidential primary candidates dropped out of the race today – Rand Paul and Rick Santorum. Chad kicks off the show with the news and wonders where, specifically Paul’s supporters, will turn now. As each state has their primary, Chad notes, we’ll continue to see candidates falling out of the race for various reasons.
Next, Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser is in. He and Chad discuss the Connect NC bond and meetings being held this week about not only the name, but how the funds will be used. They also talk about a story concerning the solar lobby, government subsidies, private property rights, permitting, and Senator Andy Wells’ statements about all of them. Chad wrote the Senator, who has been on the show, about solar farms and subsidies. Chad shares the Senator’s response. And then there’s the story about the Manteo man who owns the only recording of the first Super Bowl played on January 15, 1967. The NFL is refusing to pay the price the man is asking for his copy – a million bucks – and they’re preventing anyone else from buying it, too. That’s just wrong.
In the second hour, Civitas Election Policy Analyst Susan Myrick joins Chad. Chad asks her to explain why they started the Mapping the Left project. Susan describes how Civitas wanted to address the perception that only “right-leaning” groups had any influence on politics. They started with mainstream media’s most-referenced and soon they had a list of 150 groups just in North Carolina. She tells Chad they immediately noticed the interconnectivity with many groups and wanted to show these relationships in one place. That’s when “Mapping the Left” was born. She also shares information about a new network on the site about unions. If you want to know if there is any correlation between a special interest group or person or union, you can find it on “Mapping the Left.”
Finally, if you have to ask for applause, do you stay in the presidential primary race? Chad shares a story about former Florida Governor Jeb Bush having to do just that at a campaign event.